NEWS ITEMS

AMERICAN VIEW OF THE JAPANESE
Admiral Mahan On The Lack Of Adaptability
London, June 24
Admiral Mahan, writing to the Times from America, discusses at length the question of Japanese immigration and naturalisation. While warmly admiring Japanese progress and achievements, he fails to perceive therein any promise of ready adaptability to the spirit of American institutions, which would render naturalisation expedient. He emphasises the difficulties of assimilation which, he says, are due to the formative influences of the divergent pasts of the two peoples, and to the race. America doubts her power to digest and assimilate the strong national and racial characteristics of the Japanese.
The Times, commenting on the letter, endorses Admiral Mahan’s views. The paper says that the inability of the Japanese to assimilate is a source of national strength, just as it is the true source of the strength of the British in India.

KHATRIA SAMITI
Fourth Anniversary Meeting
(From Our Correspondent)
Rangpur, June 24
The fourth anniversary of the Khatria Samiti commenced on Saturday and terminated on Monday, the proceedings occupying three days. Over three thousand delegates from different parts of Rangpur, Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Bogra, Goalpara and Cooch Behar attended. Babu Hari Kishore Burma, zemindar, presided. The reports of 1913 B.S. showed that good work was done last year. Mr. De, District Magistrate, attended on Sunday and in a speech said that Government was evincing much interest in the progress and success of this movement. Several resolutions were adopted, and a committee was formed for the social, educational and religious advancement of the community.

TIME-EXPIRED SOLDIERS
Question In House Of Lords
London, June 24
In the House of Lords today Lord Sydenham urged measures to secure for time-expired soldiers in India a welcome in Australia and New Zealand.
Lord Emmott said there were no special restrictions on time-expired men. Any misunderstandings with reference to the character of these men had been removed, and at least as cordial a welcome was given them as to any other class. The Commonwealth had recently taken steps to secure a considerable number of time-expired soldiers from India as instructors. Special representations were neither necessary nor desirable.
25 June, 1913